News Release: Monday, September 30th, 2019
News Release: Monday, September 30th, 2019
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Big Red of The Week
This delicious Napa Valley red is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 21% Cabernet Franc. It is full and soft with round, juicy black and red currant fruit, licorice and spice box. $22
Meanwhile, down south in Paso Robles, they are lighting up!
Pasta Making Class
Believe it. We're Doing it!
with Roberto Stragiotti @MetroWines
Sunday, October 20th, 1-3pm
$25 includes ingredients, glass of wine and instruction!
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Class is Limited to 15 Students
Follow All Things Italian at Ciao Asheville
Keith Haring, Chess and Vermouth
Crafted of turned and lacquered wood by the venerated toy firm Vilac,
the Keith Haring Chess Set includes a white fabric bag to hold the pieces
measures 12.6” square and pieces range from 0.5” (pawn) to 2.5” (king) tall.
While it doesn't get much more traditional than chess, this set is out of the box.
Accordingly, we usually recommend port as your "play chess with wine, "but here we are stepping with Keith outside the box with Spanish Vermouth.
This Vermouth was the best seller at our recent wine tasting, with over 35 seated customers, with Marta Plana of WineTones Imports.
The Keith Haring Chess Set is at Moma
The Vermouth is @MetroWines (and Curate by the glass)
Marta Plana, Owner of Winetones who imports Bandarra and recently hosted a sit down tasting @MetroWines,
suggests a slice of orange in the glass.
BTW, Bandarra was the favorite wine at the tasting
and sold out twice over!
Not Everywhere. $21 @MetroWines
News Release: Thursday, September 26th, 2019
News Release: September 23rd, 2019
RESERVE YOUR SEAT HERE!
News Release: September 18th
"Around the World in Wine Series" with Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine!
Learn about the famous wine regions of the world as you taste wine in this fun series!
Class 1: Vin Francaise
Learn about the wines and regions of France.
October 1st @ 5:30, $25+ tax
Class 2: Vino Italiano
Learn about the famous wine regions of Italy.
October 8th @ 5:30, $25+tax
Class 3: The Iberian Peninsula
Learn about the wine regions of Spain and Portugal.
October 15th @ 5:30, $25+tax
Class 4: The New World
Learn about the regions of the USA, Chile, Argentina, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.
October 22nd @5:30, $25+tax
Or buy all 4 classes for $85+tax!
(historic Sky Club)
Where is the Love? That is what we were asking at the last Focus Group ("Group"). We presented four wines that we thought were great for the price, that have either fallen out of favor or just never got there. As always, Group was spot on and provided invaluable information.
Group was concerend about blends that do not indicate what the heck is in the bottle on the label. And while a wine story is good, it is not a great sales tool. For example, a bottle that was made from a special clone might be of interest to wine geeks but not so much to most customers. Group did think an eye catching label was imoortant in a sea of wine. But of most importance is education. More classes on wines such as txakolina are necessary to insure customers know what is being offered. And more informational cards on the shelf so custoemrs can roam around by themselves and get the drift.
So, of the four wines reviewed by Group, only one survived! While two of the others were acceptable for now, don't reorder! And one was a flat out why bother. Here's the winner:
Winemaker's Notes: This Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon has all the hallmarks of a great, true-to-style Cabernet. Its structure is approachable, the fruit is juicy red with a hint of savory which is appropriate for this varietal. Oak is well integrated and lends spiciness on the palate. This wine is very fitting for a weekday wine and/or for more formal occasions.
From the MetroWines FYI Department
NYT reports that "natural" is THE word in the wine world
meaning wines that are produced with minimal intervention like chemical additives or commercial yeast. Check out our shelf of "Natural Wines" @MetroWines from around the world including this one:
Unfined. Unfiltered. Biodynamic. From Foradori, Tuscany, $26 Different Mediterranean grape varieties are fermented together and blended to produce this wine. The grapes are sourced in the older vineyards of the Mediterranean varieties, in Ampeleia di Mezzo, where the Mediterranean
scrub dominates the landscape permeating the air with its fragrances. Kepos means garden in Greek.
"A Walk Through the Andes"
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Wednesday, September 25th
@Bone and Broth on Charlotte Street with Chef Chris Benson, Tryon Distribution and MetroWines
Rose when you arrive followed by 4 courses paired with wines from Chile and Argentina. Then dessert! $80 with tax and gratuity!
(About 10 seat left. Reserve NOW!)
Reserve by calling (828) 575-9525 or online here:
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Remember our DAOU Dinner at Bone and Broth?
Wine Enthusiast just chose DAOU 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon as "Editor's Choice" and awarded a whooping 93 Points! And 92 Points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
The point is: Expect Quality
at a Bone and Broth Collaboration!
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon has heady aromatics that affirm this is a serious wine for serious wine lovers. This wine displays black cherry, currant, plum and blackberry up front, complemented by dark chocolate,
tobacco leaf and cool menthol. Rounding out the nose are aromas of black olives, briarwood, fig, and dried thyme. Bold and assertive on the palate with flavors initially dominated by dark fruits, Bing cherries, black raspberry, plum, and pomegranate, accompanied by high note accents of cranberries and rhubarb. Midpalate delivers espresso and dried herbs with hints of fennel and cigar box all seamlessly integrated together on a structure of very fine grain, plush and ripe tannins. A wine of complexity and depth with a purity of fruit and subtle layers of flavors and texture that harmonize and enhance. This wine constitutes a journey of the senses that begins with power and finishes with elegance and style.
DAOU Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 is $25.99 at wine.com
|From The MetroWines FYI Department
Wine Enthusiast has issued their "40 Under 40" Edition
The cover went to Amada Wittstrom-Higgins, VP of Operations
Ancient Peaks Winery, Santa Margarita, CA
As a second generation owner, Wittstrom-Higgins oversees everything from brand development and distribution to events and special projects. The 900 acres in Paso Robles begets high end wines for affordable prices. She is also the founder of
you know Ancient Peaks! $19.99
Jeb Dunnuck, 90 Points
Wine Enthusiast, 90 Points
POMPEII in California
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Pacific Palisades
Pompeii is Compagna and Compagna is Fiano! 2017 Fiano from Montesole
Delicate aromas of apple and hazelnut carry over to the light-bodied palate along with suggestions of pear and citrus.
$18.50 at Dreadnought online and out of stock.
$16.99 @MetroWines and on shelf!
Blind Tasting League Returns
with Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine
September 19th from 5:30 to 6:30, $20
Movie' on UP. Higher quality wines and more in depth analysis!
And expect the occasional visit from an importer or winemaker.
Corte Gardoni Bardolino
Chiaretto Rose 2018
Chiaretto is the local word for rosé on the eastern shores of Lake Gard, a land where the sun shines, the wine flows, and the prosciutto-slicer slices year-round. At Corte Gardoni, the Piccoli family specializes in making light, refreshing wines that don’t cost much. Their Chiaretto—made from grape varieties you’ll find only in the Veneto—is incredibly bright in flavor, with citrus and nectarine leading the way to the crispest of finishes. This wine exudes pure joy.
Documents show the Piccoli family has owned vineyards in Veneto since 1600. Many generations tended vines, but after phylloxera, the ravaged estate couldn’t support all 5 brothers. One left to become a fruit grower. Having grown up in vineyards, Gianni Piccoli had wine in his blood. He bought a vineyard estate in 1971. For several years Corte Gardoni grapes were sold to cooperatives, but Gianni felt their wines lacked soul and in 1980 he broke those ties and crafted his own wine.
Today Gianni is a well-known and highly respected figure in the region and a leader in the fight against homogenization of local wine. While local cooperatives push for laws that would force producers to plant only French grapes like Chardonnay and Merlot, Corte Gardoni is reserved for local varietals including
Garganega, Corvina, Rondinella, and others. $16.99